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Illinois daycares face drop-off in state subsidies

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MARION, Illinois—Daycare centers across Illinois soon may have to weather a financial letdown now that the status of state subsidies for such services is in question.

The Illinois Department of Human Services sent out letters to childcare providers this week, apprising them that the agency has run out of funding for the subsidies.

And the agency says it may not change until July, even though it has asked the state Legislature for more money.

Bonnie Bracket of Heartland Kids Early Learning Center in Marion says the state’s subsidy covers 40 percent of her revenues.

Other day cares say they rely on over 90 percent of their income from the program that is meant to help low-income parents who work.

Now some 40,000 child care businesses in Illinois will struggle to stay in business.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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